If you are experiencing equine hoof problems then it's always a good idea to get a second opinion. Often we are told that "that's just the way his/her hooves are" but that is not always the case.
Many common problems are as a result of imbalance and this can affect the whole horse. For example if your horse has a sore hock it may be due to the medial/lateral balance of the hoof being off. Or if he has no get up and go, then it may be due to sore feet.
Often, behaviour problems are as a result of pain so it is always wise to consider this when dealing with a difficult horse.
One of the best ways to really study your horse's feet is to take photos with a digital camera. When we look at the hooves on a daily basis it is easy to overlook the detail - you will be amazed at what you see in a photo that you miss in real life.
Following these guidelines (click here) when you take your pictures will give you clear, quality photos that you can study on your computer at leisure. Even if your horse has shoes on you will still be able to see a great deal.
After you have taken and studied the photos you may be able to figure out for yourself where the problem lies.
Use this page (click here) to help see common problems.
If you want to my opinion along with a more detailed assessment of your horse's hooves, then contact me using the form below. I have been evaluating hooves from photos (and xrays if you have them) for many years and will provide you with marked-up photos and a detailed description, indicating areas of concern.
The cost is $40(US) for up to 1 hour's consultation and can be paid online using paypal - details will be sent once I receive your request.
Please note that this service does not intend to replace the services of your current hoof care professional or vet and is for guideline purposes only.
It will provide you an alternative insight into your horse's hooves but will not replace a hands on diagnosis.
It is recommended that you consult with your vet/farrier about any changes you may wish to implement.
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